Sometimes I bake treats for the patients and staff at the nursing homes where my mom works. Because the patients don’t normally get exciting treats, I decided to try something different this time by making red velvet cake balls (original recipe here). I received good reviews.
Last week, my mother turned 48 years old. And to celebrate her birthday, my family came over to our new house to partake in our first annual family cake competition. Four carrot cakes of differing recipes were presented for judging and I am proud to say that mine came out on top. Though, I can’t take all the credit: I used Amy’s carrot cake instructions and my friend Phil’s delicious family recipe.
I thought that a cute lemon pie/tart would be a refreshing change from the traditional apple or pumpkin pie usually brought to a Christmas party. Plus it looks super impressive lol.
Guess what I got for Christmas! MY OWN MIXER. I also got two big jars of Nutella (Amy’s favorite), so I decided to combine these gifts to create a masterpiece: Nutella pinwheel cookies. They look cute, they’re pretty easy to make, and they taste great - what’s not to love? (original recipe here)
Finally a recipe for you celiacs: gluten-free iced cherry cookies (original recipe here). I have a friend with Celiac Disease who was visiting for the holidays so I decided to find a special recipe for her. This is my first time baking a gluten-free dessert from scratch and, all things considered, these weren’t bad!
If you’re like me, you always have a ton of candy canes left over after the holidays. Instead of tossing them out this year I thought I would try to incorporate them into a dessert for my family’s Christmas party. We’re known for our brownies in this house so I settled on peppermint brownies (original recipe here).
It’s a LAYERED TURTLE CHEESECAKE.
Amy helped me find this recipe for raspberry and almond shortbread cookies so I gave it a try. They’re not bad :)
I know our blog is full of pumpkin recipes lately, but we can’t help it. Amy and I are nuts for pumpkin desserts and ‘tis the season. I don’t regret it. These muffins are super moist, pumpkiny, and they look good too. I got the recipe from here and made a few slight alterations.
So it’s not exactly something we baked, but Amy and Quen met up again this weekend so we of course had to post something about that. We made a gingerbread house!